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Sharks acquire Burns for Setoguchi
SJ also ships Coyle and a 1st round pick to Minnesota
6/24/11 - By Mike Lee -

The NHL Entry Draft is an opportunity for teams to stock their rosters with players that can eventually bring value. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson decided to forgo the future in exchange for a proven commodity that he hopes can bring Northern California its first Stanley Cup now. That commodity came in the form of defenseman Brent Burns [Profile], who the Minnesota Wild sent to San Jose along with a 2nd round draft pick in 2012, for Devin Setoguchi, 2010 1st round pick Charlie Coyle and the Sharks 1st round pick this year.

Burns is a big defenseman who can also score, recording career highs in goals (17) and assists (29) this past season. The Barrie, Ontario native will be an unrestricted free agent next summer, which will make the deal a contentious one if he walks after a year in teal.

Wilson inked Setoguchi to a 3-year contract earlier this week, worth $9 million. Even with the new deal, the fourth-year player was rumored to be part of several deals leading up to the draft. Setoguchi scored a career high 65 points in 2008-09, but his point production dropped under head coach Todd McLellan's watch.

His production was cut in half in 2009-10 (20 goals, 16 assists), then only slightly improved this past season (22 goals, 19 assists).

In what was regarded a relatively weak draft, the Sharks sent the 28th overall pick to Minnesota, in addition to Coyle, who was taken in the same spot last year by the Sharks. The Boston University freshman averaged less than a point per game for the Terriers (7 goals, 19 assists) in 37 contests.

The Sharks may have soured on Coyle after a sub-par first year playing at the Hockey East university, making him expendable.

In addition to Burns, the 2nd round pick San Jose will receive in next year's draft could turn into a decent pick if the Wild continue their sub-par ways. Minnesota finished with the 21st best record this past season, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

The key piece in the deal was Burns, who is an instant upgrade to a blueline that took the first half of the season and the addition of Ian White to get its act in gear. The deal also makes White's status uncertain. Wilson indicated that he hadn't entirely closed the door on resigning the defenseman, but Burns contract increases the payroll by $500,000 and the Sharks only have 16 roster players under contract.

Wilson indicated that veterans Scott Nichol and Jamal Mayers would not be re-signed. Ben Eager, Kyle Wellwood, White and Kent Huskins are all unrestricted free agents. Jamie McGinn, John McCarthy, Benn Ferriero and Andrew Desjardins are restricted free agents.

The draft continues on Saturday, when the Sharks will have picks in the 2nd round (59th overall), 3rd round (89th), 4th round (119th), and two in the 6th round (166th & 179th).


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